2 convicted of drug trafficking in Buncombe Co.

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC (WSPA) – Two men were convicted of drug trafficking in Buncombe Superior Court this week.

According to a Buncombe County District Attorney news release, Michael Chambers, 52, of Asheville was convicted of trafficking in opium and/or heroin, cocaine, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana and admitted to being a habitual felon.

Chambers was arrested during a joint investigation that started in early 2015.

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (NCALE) and the Buncombe Anti-Crime Task Force (BCAT) received information that Chambers and others were selling cocaine to people at Charlotte Street Grill and Pub.

Agents conducted surveillance and undercover NCALE agents made cocaine purchases from Chambers and other associated co-conspirators.

Chambers was sentenced to 138-178 months in prison after pleading guilty. The judge consolidated Chambers’ charges into one trafficking charge for sentencing.

Bobby Earl Roberts, 39, of Asheville was sentenced after pleading guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine and other charges.

According to the release, the Buncombe Anti-Crime Task Force conducted an investigation into a known drug house off of New Leicester Highway occupied by Bobby Earl Roberts, 39, of Asheville.

A search warrant was executed at the home and agents found several controlled substances including, heroin, LSD, methylphenidate-schedule II, and 28 grams of methamphetamine.

The judge sentenced Roberts to 70 to 93 months in prison and was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.

Roberts was also ordered to pay over $2,000 in court costs.

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